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Posted on December 23, 2016 at 8:50 AM


Luke 2:6-14 (AMP)

While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for her to give birth, 7 and she gave birth to her Son, her firstborn; and she wrapped Him in [swaddling] cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no [private] room for them in the inn.

 

8 In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people. 11 For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah). 12 And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find a Baby wrapped in [swaddling] cloths and lying in a manger.”

 

13 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest [heaven],

And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.”

Picture created by artist Carol Loomis.

 

Lord pierce our hearts with truth. As You lay in that manger warm and fed, Your little eyes search and find the joyful faces of Your parents, and a contentment settles as sleep claims You. On my way here this night, I could not help but notice an exceedingly bright star appears to be casting it’s light upon Your resting place. Now many will be coming to visit You, curiosity alone will draw some, while a wonder and hunger in others will be calling them to find You little Jesus. So this night will not be a quiet time exactly, yet the peace will remain. Lord let this light call people of today to search You out.

 

 

Lord God, As we go into this holy season, many are upset, some angry that their person is not head of our country now, but I know Lord, all things are in Your hands; You are the One who will guide our nation, and I trust in You. I bow before Your will.

 

 

 

 

Lord this special time comes at the end of our calendar year, and I am glad. Our world is in chaos with ISIS plotting and murdering innocent people; Christians in the middle east are being tortured and the godless are trying to exterminate them. It’s a repeat of what happened to the Jewish people at the time of World War II. Our country has not escaped the spirit of violence which is attempting to keep discord alive here.

 

But Jesus. Yes, Jesus came to bring love, peace and joy. He is the Light of the World and if we walk with Him, we will not walk in darkness.


 

 

 

 

 

I was thinking of the shepherds in the field that night. I can see them settling down and chatting quietly together, and then suddenly came a shock, a great angel stood shining in the night and actually speaking to them. They must have looked at first like a deer in the headlights. . . wide eyed, mouth open, speechless in fear.

 

Then in a calming voice the angel said, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people.” And as he explained to them, expectation and a joy began to build within their hearts. And they beheld a choir of heavenly host singing joyous praise to God! And they left the field to find the Babe who was to be their Savior.


 

 

 

Lord, today in the disruptions going on in the world, we can use a focus on the purity, beauty and innocence of a baby. Jesus, let Your Peace and Love rain down upon our atmosphere, cleansing the harsh hard hatreds away replacing them with a trust in You. Jesus I pray for the quiet Peace of that Holy Night of Your Birth to become wide spread in all our nations this season. May Your Love, Joy, and Peace prevail!

 

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SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD


                                        AWESOME GOD


 DIGGING DEEPER

Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.


Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!


Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:


Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.


Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.